Eight universities set up stalls at the fair and a counselling session was held for students

By the time the Russian Education Fair started on Saturday morning, all the seats allotted for foreign students at the Kazan State Medical University and the Volgograd State Medical University had already been filled. Many of the students, who had come to the fair hoping for admission, had to be satisfied with only a presentation.

“This year, there has been an overwhelming response for education in Russia, and we have already held two fairs. The first one, in May saw over 100 students receiving admission to different colleges in Russia,” C. Suresh Babu from Study Abroad Educational Consultants told The Hindu during the Russian Medical and Engineering education fair held at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on Saturday.

Eight universities including the Far East Federal University and the North Caucasus Federal University (NCFU) had stalls, and there was also a counselling session for students who were interested in studying in Russia.

“Most of the students were enquiring about engineering courses. There were even a few people asking about humanities courses,” Svetlana Kuzmenko from NCFU said.

According to Daphne Alex from Ennore, who attended the fair, the prospect of studying in Russia was exciting since it was possible to get a medical seat with even a 50 per cent score in Class XII. Even the fee was not that high; it was only the accommodation that needed to be taken care of, she said.

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